Sebastián Velásquez

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Sebastián Velásquez
Sebastián Velásquez RSL 2012.jpg
Personal information
Full name Sebastián Velásquez
Date of birth (1991-02-11) February 11, 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Medellín, Colombia
Height 5 ft 7 in (1.70 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Rayo OKC
Number 26
Youth career
2010–2011 SMC Pioneers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012–2014 Real Salt Lake 38 (1)
2015 New York City FC 12 (0)
2016– Rayo OKC 1 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 00:12, 3 April 2016 (UTC).

Sebastián Velásquez (born 11 February 1991) is a Colombian professional footballer who currently plays as a midfielder for Rayo OKC in the North American Soccer League.

Early life[edit]

Velásquez was born in the Colombian city of Medellín and moved to the United States at a young age, with his family settling in South Carolina. As a freshman in high school, he was instrumental in winning a state championship with Greenville High School (Greenville, SC), where they also finished the year ranked No. 1 in the nation by NSCAA. At the club level, he played alongside future Real Salt Lake teammate Enzo Martinez and they won a national championship in 2009.[1] He then played at the junior college level for the Spartanburg Methodist Pioneers in Spartanburg, South Carolina.[2]


Velásquez was selected 36th overall in the 2012 MLS SuperDraft by Real Salt Lake.[3] On March 10, 2012, Velásquez made his professional debut in a start for Real Salt Lake against LA Galaxy.[4] In the 73rd minute, he provided a cross that was turned into the net by Galaxy defender Sean Franklin and Real went on to win the game 3–1.[5] On November 8, 2013, Velásquez scored his first MLS goal with a header during the second leg of the 2013 Western Conference semifinals against LA Galaxy.[6]

In December 2014, he was traded to New York City FC in exchange for allocation money.[7][8] Velásquez was named NYCFC soccer player of the month by the Third Rail Supporters Club in March 2015.

On January 15, 2016, Velásquez became the first player to be signed by NASL expansion side Rayo OKC.[9]

He's also the first player to make an appearance on the NYCFC Fan Podcast, on April 1st 2016. A milestone for the podcast. [10]


  1. ^ "Discoveries SC - powered by Oasys Sports". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  2. ^ James Edward (March 10, 2012). "Real Salt Lake notebook: Sebastian Velásquez goes from Junior College to MLS in one year". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  3. ^ "2012 MLS SuperDraft, presented by adidas". Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  4. ^ Archived from the original on March 14, 2012. Retrieved March 11, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  5. ^ Retrieved March 21, 2012.  Missing or empty |title= (help)[dead link]
  6. ^ Archived from the original on November 9, 2013. Retrieved November 8, 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
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  8. ^ The Salt Lake Tribune (December 18, 2014). "RSL trades midfielder Sebastian Velásquez to NYCFC". The Salt Lake Tribune. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 
  9. ^ "RAYO OKC SIGNS THREE PLAYERS". Rayo OKC. 15 January 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
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